It's Your Turn to Go Abroad

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

Teach Abroad with USAC

The University of Maine is an affiliated university of the USAC consortium. Faculty from UMaine have the unique opportunity to teach abroad. Visiting Professors (VP) establish contacts with foreign colleagues, enhance their own foreign language acquisition, strengthen and support international education and study abroad on campus, diversify course curriculum, and develop international relationships for research and other purposes. For more information, visit the USAC website.

Contact Orlina Boteva, Director of International Programs, for more information about the application process, USAC model, course ideas, and USAC programs.

2021-2022 USAC Visiting Professor Application Form  due Tuesday, December 3, 2019 to

Special off cycle application for Uruguay and Cuba – USAC is offering an off-cycle opening in Montevideo Summer 2020 and La Habana January 2021 for a Visiting Professor.

Listen to the webinar recording for the 2021-2022 app cycle  for helpful information and tips

VP recipients:

Dr. Susan K. Gardner, Women and Gender Studies, Summer 2020 – Alicante, Spain
Dr. Jordan LaBouff, Psychology and Honors, Fall 2016, Fall 2018 – San Sebastian, Spain
Dr. Amy Blackstone, Sociology, Summer 2018 – Viterbo, Italy
Dr. Greg Zaro, Anthropology, Winter 2018 – Alicante, Spain
Dr. Rob Glover, Political Science, 2017 – Santiago, Chile
Dr. Sarah Harlan-Haughey, English, 2013 – Galway, Ireland

Faculty International Development Awards (FIDA) with USAC

This USAC program is geared towards faculty and professional staff with limited prior international experience. Preference will be given to applicants with regular direct contact to students. The goal of this program is to increase awareness of study abroad, and to thereby help UMaine internationalize.

FIDA application 2020 due Sunday, December 8, 2019 to

FIDA recipients:

Dr. Allison Garland, Biology, Summer 2020 – San Ramon, Costa Rica
Jesse Kaye Schiess, Kinesiology, Summer 2018 – Reggio Emilia, Italy
Dr. Margo Lukens, English, Summer 2018 – Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Semester at Sea

The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that administers the Semester at Sea (SAS) global study abroad program. With international headquarters located in Charlottesville, VA, ISE hires the faculty, staff, and professionals who travel aboard the MV Explorer each academic term as well as those who manage operations from the Charlottesville offices. For more information, visit Semester at Sea Employment.

CIEE Visiting Faculty Program

CIEE is hiring visiting faculty for their Global Institutes in Berlin, London, Paris or Rome. UMaine is a CIEE Academic Consortium member and these positions are open to UMaine faculty. The planning cycle and possible visa implications require interested visiting faculty to apply at least nine months before the start of the term in which they would teach.

Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Scholar Programs offer U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars. UMaine contact persons are Prof. Mario Teisl and Prof. Dorothy Klimis-Zacas.

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of two to six weeks.

Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminars

U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two-week grant duration.  Grantees return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students. For more information, visit Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminars.

DAAD Opportunities for Faculty Researchers

The German Academic Exchange Service (or DAAD) provides support for faculty, ranging from funding for conferences to language programs in Germany.

Faculty Development Seminars through UMaine Partner Programs

  • SIT Faculty Seminars Abroad – seminars and study abroad site visit for programs run by the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT. In 2018 the seminar sites are India and Kenya/Uganda. Scholarships are available.
  • CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars  – UMaine receives a $2,000 grant to support faculty development which can be applied to one of these seminars. Contact the OIP Director for more information.
  • IES Faculty Development Opportunities – topical seminars in multiple locations each year. Scholarships available for UMaine faculty.